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Conversations with William S. Burroughs (Literary Conversations)
Although a rather shy, private man, William Burroughs gave a good many interviews during his lifetime, some in prominent publications, others in obscure forums. The interviews collected here provide an aperture into the philosophies, methods, and quirks of a man who wrote Queer, Junky, Naked Lunch, Nova Express, Cities of the Red Night, My Education, and many other works.
Paperback, 234 pages
Published March 21st 2000 by University Press of Mississippi
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I am done with my William S. Burroughs kick for a while. This guy was a beat writer and wrote Soft Machine and Naked Lunch, among others. He loved cats, drugs, guns, anal sex, and hated dogs and female genitalia. This book was a compilation of a bunch of interviews with him over the years. He is truly a weird guy, and very innovative. He painted by shooting cans of paint with a shot gun, and the splatter of paint on the canvas was his creation. He also would write parts of his books by cutting o ...more
Reading this gave a great insight into WSB's process and ideology. He has some interesting views about nations, guns/violence and the sexes that I don't necessarily agree with but are curious none-the-less. His conviction of these ideas is pretty rigid also. I feel like reading about his discovery of use of the cut-up method will make it easier to go through his other books and understand more clearly how the text is synthesized. His reference to people that have inspired him (artists, writers [ ...more
Whereas "The Job" had a particular agenda, or (excuse me) job to do, here is Burroughs in flight, as Tom Waits referred to him: "Each word out of his mouth is like distilled whiskey." These interviews begin 1961 and end 1996. Naked Lunch for the family.